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Adobe Media Player now on Labs

A new version of the Adobe Media Player is on labs and even if you’re of the persuasion that the world doesn’t need another media player, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.  There is no doubt in my mind that this will start to change the way media is consumed in the world – it’s that game changing to me.

I’m not going to dive into why the Adobe Media Player could be so significant but just let me hit the top points here:

  • online/offline experience
  • simple, intuitive interface
  • flash based video h.264
  • RSS subscription
  • DRM capabilities (should you want them)
  • Flash has 98% market penetration
  • Flash’s interactive communication component presents unique capabilities that no other streaming solution can provide
  • Flash/Flex broad developer community provides a ready made base of developers for custom applications within the AIR platform

Okay, maybe I dived in more than I thought. 😉  Give it a try and tell me what you think!

Adobe Media Player download


This is cool, but i think it has a lot of scope for being made cooler. I am somehow not able to use it to watch videos from youtube. In the catalog, it shows me different networks and youtube is not there and neither can i find any button which tells me to add a new network. So either the interface is not intuitive enough or maybe the function to add new networks is not there.

Also, if i could just play my audio files also using this it would be great, maybe even audio files from the net on sites like smashitsusa.com.

The page is still there in labs, but if you click the download links, you get this message:

“Adobe Media Player software is not available for download at this time. A new version will soon be available at this location.”

Unless this is just a Mac thing, similar to how Adobe Digital Editions is not available on Leopard…

It looks like the download has been pulled. Is this due to the AIR Beta 3 release?

If it’s still possible to get at it, I would love to get the download. I’m currently trying to champion AIR as a platform for developing a similar media download/playback application.

[Josh – The Adobe Media Player (AMP) is still there. Check out http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/mediaplayer/

However, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a new drop for AMP in the near future.]

hmmmmm. Is it a MEDIA player or a VIDEO player? I looked all over the place for somewhere to import my music, and it doesn’t appear to even support music…

[DR – Jonas, good point and you’re right in that the emphasis is certainly video initially. I’d certainly like to see more in the way of audio in the future and I’m confident that it will happen. Nevertheless, I think that the focus right now is more on the video side.]

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